Somalia: Potential political crisis brews ahead of Galmudug election
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Potential political crisis is likely brewing when Somalia’s Minister for interior affairs, Abdi Mohamed Sabriye arrived Dhusamareb of central Somalia.
Sabriye’s arrival was aimed at starting talks with Galmudug regional state leaders, ahead of the upcoming Galmudug state presidential election.
But, the delegation started urgent talks with Ahlu Suna spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir without the presence of Galmudug state president Ahmed Du’alle Guelleh.
Mr. Sabriye called on Galmudug regional state to conduct elections before 4th July to strengthen the democratic process.
Meanwhile, President Guelleh said in an interview that he would not welcome and meet with Somali minister for interior affairs, Abdi Mohamed Sabriye, and his delegation.
He also called Sabriye’s arrival in the town as ‘illegal’, amid political difference between the Federal government and top Galmudug leadership.
The political crisis emerged last week when the Somali government called for a fair and credible election for Galmudug state leadership.
In a statement seen by Mareeg Online urged Galmudug state to hold regional elections on time, while adding the mandate for current leadership Guelleh would expire in 2 weeks time on July 4.
Somali MP Sakariye Kashan accused Federal government of interfering Galmudug regional state administration.
Hon. Kashan also blamed on Federal government of creating hostility between Ahlu Suna spiritual leader, Sheikh Mohamed Shakir and Galmudug state president Ahmed Du’alle Guelleh.
In 2017, the leaders of Galmudug state and Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a (ASWJ) ended of political deadlock by signing a power-sharing agreement in Mogadishu.
The two leaders inked the 14-point agreement after a ceremony was hosted by Somali President, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo was held in Mogadishu.
The ceremony was also attended by Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and his premier, cabinet members, and other high-level government officials and international partners to witness the agreement.